THE BLUEBELL GLADE

Paddington Recreation Ground was established in 1893 and is run by Westminster City Council. It is a Victorian Recreation Ground by Parliamentary Act: Sport, Recreation and Nature are its three areas of emphasis within this ‘green flag’ community space.

A derelict, unused and impenetrable area of approx. 1300m2 contained a mixture of broadleaf woodland, predominantly Ash, Cherry and Sycamore with a few Field Maples – native trees. Soil testing and analysis was conducted and provided the right opportunity to plant and protect our threatened and declining English Bluebell and offer this special experience to urban children. 10,000 bluebells were planted creating a unique urban Woodland and Bluebell space in London.

Stumps were claimed from a housing demolition site nearby through the help of a tree surgeon to create the stumpery and large boulders created places for seating around the space. Local school children were involved in planting some of

BUILT: APRIL 2014
GARDEN SIZE: 1/3 acre
LOCATION: PADDINGTON, W9